Apr 5, 2024 - News

Solar eclipse fever hits Richmond

Animated illustration of an air freshener in the shape of a sun being eclipsed hanging off a rear-view mirror.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Virginia isn't one of the states where the moon will completely block the sun on Monday, but that's not stopping us.

The big picture: Richmonders are among the millions of people traveling to get the best views of the total solar eclipse.

๐Ÿš˜ Lauren D. is driving 16 hours to Arkansas to an Airbnb she booked last year. She also traveled to South Carolina for the 2017 eclipse.

๐Ÿงบ Sue M. is headed to San Antonio, Texas, with a plan to pack chairs and a picnic lunch on "roads less traveled."

๐Ÿ’’ Another reader will be in central Texas at a wedding purposefully planned to be during the eclipse.

โ›ต๏ธ Emily M. and Cezar C. are catching totality on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

๐Ÿถ Amber D. is taking her pups Jack and Diane to Niagara Falls.

Fun fact: Short-term rental searches for April 5-8 along the solar eclipse path surged 1,000% compared to this time last year, according to Airbnb data.

  • Texas โ€” specifically Dallas, Austin and San Antonio โ€” is the prime eclipse destination, per AAA booking data.

Go deeper: How to see the total solar eclipse in Virginia.

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